Boomkat Product Review:
Predictably killer new mixtape from one of the best, most unusual selectors out there, a kind of follow-up to her sought-after Blackest Ever Black / Krokodilo Tapes percy.
Over the past decade or so it seems as though any music lacking a persistent percussive element has been lumped into one broad “Ambient” descriptor, something that’s quite ridiculous when you consider the seismic conceptual, artistic and functional differences between, say, Zoviet France and The Art of Noise. Needless to say, the result is that “Ambient" has become meaningless, symptomatic of a general inability to look at context and detail in much of anything that surrounds us. Ambient means Ambient, yeah?
All of this is a longwinded precursor for saying that this new mixtape from Nina (of Golden Pudel and Blackest Ever Black fame) is almost entirely beatless and really has very little to do with Ambient in the actual sense of the term. Much like her brilliant mixtape for Krokodilo Tapes, Nina takes us on an hour-long dive into the furthest and most unsettling recesses of odd and atmospheric mood music, from scraped concrète horizons to windswept field recordings, film scores, spoken word and micro-dosed flights of imagination.
It’s a dank, often unnerving trip, one of those weird sessions that benefits from close inspection rather then a mindless zone-out. In other words, the kind thing we’re bang into.